At the start of the boundary review, the Representation Commission meets to agree on the proposed boundaries that will go out for public consultation.
The Representation Commission makes sure that each electorate has about the same number of people to provide for equality of representation. Each electorate cannot vary more than plus or minus 5% from the quotas fixed for the General and Māori electorates.
The Representation Commission also considers:
- existing electorate boundaries
- communities of interest – including iwi affiliations in Māori electorates
- the infrastructure that links communities such as main roads
- topographical features such as mountains and rivers
- projected variations in electoral populations over the next five years.
The public can have their say on the proposed boundaries and names. There are three stages for public consultation, starting with written objections, followed by written counter-objections and public hearings. All objections and counter-objections will be published on this website.
The Representation Commission produces its final report on the electorate names and boundaries after considering all objections and counter-objections. The new boundaries take affect at the dissolution of the current parliamentary term.